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Thunderbirds return for Cheyenne Frontier Days

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are back for Cheyenne Frontier Days after missing last year's event because of budget cuts.

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Nuke missile duty: 'It weighs on your mind'

Nuke missile duty: 'It weighs on your mind'

BERTHOLD, N.D. — 1st Lt. Andy Parthum spends his workday 60 feet below ground awaiting the order he hopes never arrives: to launch the most powerful weapon ever devised by man. He is a nuclear “missileer” — an airman who does his duty not in the air but in a hole in the ground.

July 09, 2014 6:38 am Photos

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Key findings in AP nuclear missile corps probe

Over the past year, The Associated Press has documented evidence of security problems, low morale and other troubles in the nation's nuclear missile corps. In response, the Air Force is now undertaking a series of management changes.

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A look at the Minuteman missile, mission, future

A look at the Minuteman missile, mission, future

The Air Force's nuclear missiles have stood ready for war on short notice for more than 50 years. Americans tend to assume the missiles are safe, if they even remember they exist. But safety cannot be taken for granted.

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Why nukes keep finding trouble: They're really old

Why nukes keep finding trouble: They're really old

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — The nuclear missiles hidden in plain view across the prairies of northwest North Dakota reveal one reason why trouble keeps finding the nuclear Air Force. The "Big Sticks," as some call the 60-foot-tall Minuteman 3 missiles, are just plain old.

July 08, 2014 6:39 am Photos

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Missile corps commander says Air Force should empower young nuke leaders

Missile corps commander says Air Force should empower young nuke leaders

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — The key to improving morale in the Air Force’s nuclear missile corps is to put more responsibility in the hands of junior officers and enlisted airmen, the commander of the missile corps said Wednesday.

June 26, 2014 3:12 pm Photos

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Bonus pay is part of Air Force nuke force reforms

Bonus pay is part of Air Force nuke force reforms

WASHINGTON — The Air Force intends to offer bonus money and other incentives to members of its nuclear missile corps as part of a broader plan to fix what ails the force.

June 11, 2014 9:39 am Photos

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Ellsworth training expansion plan could affect small airports

Ellsworth training expansion plan could affect small airports

The oil boom brought Bakken commuting private jets to tiny Baker, but officials say Air Force plans for a South Carolina-sized training area over much of Eastern Montana could quiet the town’s small airport.

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Air Force general visits Malmstrom

GREAT FALLS — Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein says a number of changes have already been implemented at Malmstrom Air Force Base in the wake of drug and cheating investigations.

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Russians inspect demolished missile facilities at Malmstrom

HELENA — Russian nuclear inspectors visited the U.S. amid heightened tensions between the two nations to verify that 18 nuclear missile launch facilities had been demolished as part of a 2011 arms control treaty, Air Force officials said Monday.

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Investigator gave nuke force positive 2013 review

Investigator gave nuke force positive 2013 review

WASHINGTON — A retired general chosen to explore flaws in U.S. nuclear forces signed off one year ago on a study describing the nuclear Air Force as "thoroughly professional, disciplined" and performing effectively — an assessment service leaders interpreted as an encouraging thumbs-up.

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A look at nuclear force lapses revealed so far

The Associated Press has uncovered a series of security lapses and other troubles in the nation's nuclear forces. On Thursday, the Air Force announced it fired nine nuclear commanders, allowed a colonel at the base to resign and would discipline dozens of junior officers as well as a series …

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Air Force sergeant gets prison in child-sex case

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — An Air Force sergeant faces 25 years in military prison after pleading guilty to charges he sexually molested girls in Germany and the United States.

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South Dakota county votes to support expanded training range

South Dakota county votes to support expanded training range

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The plan to nearly triple the training airspace for the Air Force Base's Powder River Training Complex has received the support of the Pennington County Commission.

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A look at nuclear force lapses revealed so far

The Associated Press has uncovered a series of security lapses and other troubles in the nation's nuclear forces. The issue came to a head in January when Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel summoned top military leaders and ordered a review of the problems.

March 13, 2014 3:12 pmLoading…
Air Force nuke crew failings worse than reported

Air Force nuke crew failings worse than reported

WASHINGTON — Failings exposed last spring at a U.S. nuclear missile base, reflecting what one officer called “rot” in the ranks, were worse than originally reported, according to Air Force documents obtained by The Associated Press.

March 13, 2014 3:10 pm Photos

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Air Force: 92 implicated in nuke cheating scandal

Air Force: 92 implicated in nuke cheating scandal

WASHINGTON — Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said Thursday the number of nuclear force officers implicated in a proficiency test cheating scandal has grown to 92 out of a force of 500.

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Veterans rely on vans, volunteers for medical appointments, needs

Veterans rely on vans, volunteers for medical appointments, needs

Jack Fidler’s health depends on the kindness of strangers.

January 28, 2014 11:45 pm Photos

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Associated Press findings on troubles in nation's nuclear force

Two Air Force ICBM launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana have been implicated in an illegal-narcotics investigation, a U.S. defense official said Thursday, adding to the list of troubles uncovered by Associated Press reporting in the past year on the country's nuclear force:

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Air Force: Bomber crash an anomaly, not sign of wider problem with B-1

Air Force: Bomber crash an anomaly, not sign of wider problem with B-1

Following an Air Force investigation into a malfunction that caused one of the worst crashes in the recent history of its bomber program, Ellsworth Air Force Base said Thursday it is confident the incident will not be repeated.

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